Deafblind Awareness Week
Published at 27 June, 2021.
This week is deafblind awareness week, which is a week around gaining and creating awareness for anyone affected by deafblindness.
Deafblindness is far more common than many people realise, around 400,000 people are affected by sight and hearing loss in the UK.
Deadblindness affects everyone differently, some might need to adjust the settings on their TV or turn up the volume on the phone, and others might need assistance dogs, canes and more formal care.
For anyone affected, everyday activities can be difficult and time consuming. Trying to book a doctor's appointment, meet a friend for coffee, or even make dinner can be difficult if you can’t see or hear very well.
Due to Covid, many deaf people have found it difficult to carry on with their daily lives. Covid has brought in face masks for safety but has left deaf people feeling isolated and unable to carry on with the conversation as they haven’t been able to continue to lipread.
As a stop smoking service, we want to support as many people as we can. If you need any further support, from receiving your service in a different way, please let us know how we can help.
There are many ways we can help:
Quit online - https://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/pages/quit-online
Our online quit tool will allow you to create your own personal profile and will support you on a daily basis through your quit journey.
Telephone support - our advisors are on hand to answer any questions or provide additional support as you need it. You can call 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines) or 0330 660 1166.
Visit our frequently asked questions section to find out more: https://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/frequently-asked-questions